WARNING: IF YOU HAVEN’T READ HEART OF MIST, YOU ARE SUBJECTING YOURSELF TO SPOILERS.
The realm’s darkest secret is out.
The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.
On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.
Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.
But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.
Intriguing and action-packed, Reign of Mist is the second installment in Helen Scheuerer’s epic YA fantasy series, The Oremere Chronicles.
*I WAS PROVIDED AN E-ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*
Firstly, I’d like to give a big thank you to Helen for putting me on her ARC list and for extending my review date. This book has been a highly anticipated read for me, and I’m so glad I was given this amazing opportunity.
Now, onto the review.
Something that stuck out throughout the entirety of the book was the female role. Unlike the usual “guy saves girl” novel that we often find ourselves reading in all genres, we find a sequel that—much like the first novel—focuses on the strength of women and the power they hold over men.
Helen did a very good job switching and equalizing the roles in this book. Not only did she do that, but she also put in a segment where women were placed in front of men as something to play with, only to be utterly surprised with what was held underneath.
Despite my blindness, and my youth, I know that trust needs to be earned, from princes and commanders alike.
In this book, multiple POVs are given. Usually, that can be found really confusing and hard to follow, but Helen made it a point to write the necessity of multiple POVs in each chapter.
Princess Olena didn’t have many parts in this book, but what I found in her few parts was actually pretty important. This quote, for one, should apply to everyone and everything. Like my favorite quote from one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen (aka Transformers: Age of Extinction) “Trust is but a flower in the wind.” What that means, is that it is hard to gain but worth the effort.
The princess made this very apparent, especially with Prince Nazuri—a new character that readers are introduced to. She made it well known that she didn’t put her trust into anyone easily, even pointing it out to Commander Swinton—someone she’s known for a very long time.
The reason trust is even being pointed out in this review is because it was a key factor of this book. Though not outwardly thrown out in some of the situations, it was apparent that the characters were all going through multiple adjustments to the new relationships and situations they found themselves in. Because of this, they had to put their trust into who they were with and what they were doing.
Your secrets have kept you company far too long.
Another key element in this book: secrets. There are LOTS of secrets.
Some of these secrets are made apparent before they’re revealed. Readers might find themselves on the edge of their sitting surfaces, screaming at their screens or book pages for the characters to figure it out faster.
But when I mention secrets, I must warn to caution yourselves. Some of these are real plot twisters. A lot of surprises came out of the secrets revealed, and I love how Helen handled them.
The plot of this book was well thought out and planned, the characters underwent the development to progress the story along, and I was thoroughly shocked wordless by this story. For all of this, I give this book 5/5 stars. I cannot wait for the conclusion novel, and I am waiting ever so impatiently for it.
P.S. I really want to smack Swinton and kiss poor Dash.
Helen Scheuerer is the YA fantasy author of the bestselling novel, Heart of Mist (2017) and the upcoming sequel Reign of Mist (September 2018). Both books are part of the action-packed trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.
After writing literary fiction for a number of years, novels like Throne of Glass, The Queen’s Poisoner and The Queen of the Tearling inspired Helen to return to her childhood love of fantasy.
Helen is also the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit, an online literary magazine and learning platform for emerging writers. It’s now one of the largest writers’ platforms in the world.
Helen’s love of writing and books led her to pursue a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Helen also completed a Masters of Publishing at the University of Sydney.
She has been previously shortlisted for Express Media’s Outstanding Achievement by a Young Person in the Literary Arts Award and the Young Writers Showcase. Helen has also run writing and editing workshops for the NSW Society of Women Writers.
Her work has appeared in Voiceworks, ACTWrite Magazine, The UEA Creative Writing Anthology, Tertangala (UOW), Capital Letters and of course, on Writer’s Edit.